FRANKFORT — Harrodsburg police officer David Patterson said he will file Monday to join Kentucky's U.S. Senate race as a Libertarian.
Patterson, who will turn 43 on Aug. 9, must present at least 5,000 signatures of registered Kentucky voters by Aug. 12 to get on the ballot for the election Nov. 4. Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes are already in the race.
Ken Moellman, state chairman of the Libertarian Party, said Tuesday that a signature drive for Patterson has collected more than 9,000 signatures. He said they are reviewing each signature and already have more than 6,000 that are valid.
Patterson said in a news release that he will be in the race to win and not to take votes from any particular candidate. "A vote for Patterson is for Patterson. Period," he said.
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His campaign website said he is an "aspiring author, political activist and lifelong, multi-generational Kentuckian. He is an outspoken activist for equal rights for minorities and LGBT persons, and for his strong opposition on violence against women and children."
A native of Louisville, Patterson is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. He and his wife, Ashley Nicole Davis Patterson, have two children.
Founded in 1973, the Libertarian Party of Kentucky promotes individual liberty through free markets and social tolerance. Its website claims about 4,500 members. More information about the party can be found at LPKY.org.